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Re: Amateur Station at Smithsonian Going QRT after 32 Years

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  • Bill
    I listened for them on the last days to try to make contact. Never heard them. To bad. 73 Bill ab9qu Michigan City
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 6, 2008
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      I listened for them on the last days to try to make contact. Never
      heard them. To bad.
      Bill ab9qu
      Michigan City

      --- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, "Ross" <N8GMY@...> wrote:
      > After more than 30 years on the air from the nation's capital, the
      > Amateur Radio station at the Smithsonian Institution's National
      > Museum of American History, NN3SI, will become silent on Thursday,
      > July 31. Originally located in the Nations of Nations exhibit, the
      > station first went on-the-air in 1976 in celebration of the US
      > Bicentennial. The FCC caught the patriotic spirit, giving the station
      > a temporary call sign -- NN3SI -- standing for Nation of Nations,
      > Smithsonian Institution. The Commission later made the call sign
      > allocation permanent.
      > According to NN3SI volunteer Carl Lagoda, W3CL, a Special Event
      > operation is planned for today and tomorrow, and certificates will be
      > available to those who contact NN3SI. "We have only one station,"
      > Lagoda said, "but we may be found on one of the following
      > frequencies, depending on conditions: 3.840 MHz, 7.240 MHz, 14.240
      > MHz, 21.340 MHz and 28.440 MHz, as well as 14.240+ PSK. We might do
      > some CW operations on Thursday, probably on 20 meters. Due to
      > circumstances, hours of operation will be uncertain, but we probably
      > will start at about 1130 UTC on Wednesday and Thursday." QSL
      > information can be found here.
      > NN3SI has been situated in several different exhibitions in the
      > Museum; it was most recently housed in the former Information Age
      > exhibit. This exhibit chronicled the birth and growth of the
      > electronic information age -- from Samuel Morse's invention of a
      > practical telegraph in the 1830s through the development of the
      > telephone, radio, television and computer. The Museum has been closed
      > since 2006 while undergoing a major renovation and is scheduled to
      > reopen to the public this fall.
      > The station participated in many special events throughout its
      > history. During the dedication of the World War II Memorial on the
      > National Mall, station operators made many contacts and taught
      > children visiting the Museum how to spell their names in Morse code.
      > Over the years, operators at NN3SI -- who hailed from the District of
      > Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (and the occasional guest operators
      > from various parts of the globe) -- have logged contacts with
      > amateurs in all parts of the world and with astronauts and cosmonauts
      > in orbit. By operating the station, NN3SI ops promoted Amateur Radio
      > as a national resource for emergency communications, trained
      > operators, technicians and engineers -- as well as an outstanding
      > hobby -- to the more than 4 million people who visit the Museum each
      > year.
      > Ross
      > N8GMY
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